Thursday, July 30, 2020

My Lifetime Achievement Award - Anderson Art Center

This is the first time I am sharing this. Only a few of my family and closest friends knew I was being honored.
The gala ceremony for my 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at Anderson Art Center in Kenosha was scheduled to take place October 10, 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID health issues it has been postponed until mid to late 2021.
It was not held in 2019 as they were closed while they did a 4.3 million dollar upgrade to the facilities.

I was featured on their 10th anniversary calendar.

A friend asked how many hours this meant.
This was my answer:
I have been involved with Anderson even when it was Gallery 124 in a little house across the street.
I had the pleasure to see the building before it was gallery ready.
I’ve had 3 solo shows there, facilitat
ed two others, enter as many of their shows as I can, have judged one of their shows, sing the praises of this jewel of Kenosha county to anyone and everyone.

I love the gift shop with all artist made items and find something for myself or a gift each time I visit.
I make an annual donation which for the last several years has been earmarked for the change to LED lighting throughout the building.
This should give you a glimpse of what this Jewel means to me. I just feel so fortunate to have this connection.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Ponytail Palm For The Sunroom

It has been a long time since I have had live plants. 
My daughter in law Julie has a green thumb and chose this plant as a perfect one for me to live with and care for.
I shopped my house and found the perfect antique crock for it in the family room.

I am so pleased with it in this space.

Monday, July 27, 2020

NEW Time Lapse Sampler Quilt

I created this top from leftover blocks from a quilt I made for our bed years ago. I taught the blocks in a lecture demo class so made extras of most of them. 
It is 78 x 64 inches. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

36/36 Quilt On Design Wall

I finished all 36 blocks each containing 36 pieces.
We laid them out on the design wall.
I took this photograph of them and was pleased so I took them down and have them organized to chain piece.

As I studied the photo I realized there are 2 blocks that I am not pleased with. I have one extra block that I think I can use.
Looks like I'll be making at least one more block.
I'm just pleased I got this much done.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Another Completed Time Lapse Quilt

There are many reasons why some quilts take years to finish.
I am guessing I started this 30-40 years ago.
I think I was dreading sewing all the binding by hand on the back of the quilt.

You are probably seeing this quilt larger than life size.  It is exactly the same size as the World's Smallest quilt I made which was documented in Quilter's Newsletter magazine.
The strips you see in the patchwork are 1/42nd of an inch wide.
It is a serious quilt and I have been offered big bucks for these which I won't part with.
It is 1 1/4" x 1 1/2 inch.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Original Eight Pointed Star for One Armed Quilter

This is the very first quilt of this style I created. The quilting was finished very recently.
The idea came to me when I was in a great deal of pain and couldn't use my left arm.
I was looking at a typical 8 pointed star with diamonds that require precision piecing.
A light bulb went on in my head wondering if I could used strips rather than diamonds.
Using my computer and Corel Draw I designed this with rainbow colors, the first available palette. I could see it would work.
I had strips precut and selected strips in a similar color palette and started piecing.

I was able to sew it with just one hand and as I sewed my arm improved and I was able to continue creating these pieces for the 8 diamonds.
I just happened to have the rainbow arc fabric I used between each section.
It was very successful and I have made several variations along with teaching the class to many students.
Since the background is black it is harder to see the quilting, but if you can enlarge it you may be able to see it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Delayed Post

As I spent the last few months settling in I neglected to write posts to share some things I meant to.
I usually return north too late to see the spring flowers in bloom. I was delighted to see how they are expanded and I had so many this year. This is one bouquet of my tulips.
Even the daffodils waited for me.
There were even enough tulips for a second bouquet. 
I really enjoyed having them around to enjoy.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Together Again

I was deciding what projects to bring down to my mini studio and
found a tray of finished blocks.

Then I started to tear the studio and house apart to find the ones I was in the process of creating. Julie and I  searched everywhere and anywhere I thought they could be with no luck.

 I finally realized it was ridiculous to waste time looking for them as they would show up when they were ready to be found.

I headed up to the studio a few days later to get something else.  I looked on a high shelf and I could see the tray I had been looking for., Too high for me to reach so I waited for help getting them .

I have been working on completing the blocks for almost a week now. Still have a lot to do.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Traditional Design Scrap Quilt

This is another time lapse quit probably started about 15 years ago.
Originally I had intended to add 2 borders and had the fabric for them.
I realized it didn't need borders and was a great size for a blankie for ME!
I love scrap quilts. I call this a controlled scrap quilt as I selected fabrics within a broad color scheme.

I am enjoying using this.
54 x 69 inches

Monday, July 6, 2020

Sunrooom Studio

I set up a small studio in the sunroom on the first floor so I can walk over and sew for 5 minutes or a short time.
I am working with leftovers from previous projects making small items. It's working and I have a few done and others in the process.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

A Finish! Another Time Lapse Quilt

I started this quilt as a demonstration for our quilt group in Florida. 
It is an origami flying geese quilt.
15 years later it is finished. 
48 x 71 inches